BROOKINGS RESPONDS TO TRAGEDIES

September 11, 2001 12:00 am

Churches throughout Brookings-Harbor opened their doors Tuesday after hearing about the apparent terrorist attacks across the country.

A full report of local reactions will appear in Wednesady's edition of the Curry Coastal Pilot.

Members gathered for prayer at First Baptist Church in Brookings and several people utilized the sanctuary at the Church of Nazarne.

Im just in shock, said Sandy Dose, secretary at the Church of Nazarene. I never expected this type of thing to happen in America. Its a tragedy.

Brookings Police Sgt. John Bishop said dispatchers at the station received numerous calls from residents following the attacks.

Some people were calling in suspicious vehicles, Bishop said. I think its the adrenaline. They feel like they have to do somethi ng, so they call us.

Brookings resident Jason Carter stood in front of a bank of televisions at Fred Meyer, watching in horror as a news channel played videotape of the airliner crashing into the second world tower and the subsequent collapse of the second one.

Hearing about it is one thing, but watching it on TV is just... just... heart-wrenching, he said.

Al Capilla was one of the first to call The Pilot wondering if blood donations would be gathered locally to help victims in New York and Washington. Wouldnt it be great if Brookings could be among the first to help? Capilla asked.

Photos from a New York City friend were forward to The Pilot by Brookings residents Laura and Darrell Erb. They were taken before, during and after the collapse of the World Trade Center towers from the friends' apartment. The images may appear in Wednesday's edition of The Pilot.